Prescription Medicines - Addiction and Unintended Uses

A collection of lectures recorded from Prescription Medicines - Addiction and Unintended Uses.

Recorded Lectures

Introduction to Conference

Opioids such as morphine, codeine and oxycodone, and other drugs such as benzodiazepines are increasingly becoming a cause for concern in the Australian community even though they are prescription medicines. Often these concerns centre on the addictive nature of the medicines. Their potential for harm including the risk of overdose calls for nurses to be well informed about their pharmacotherapeutic actions. Recognising the dangers associated with these medicines can also assist nurses to advocate for appropriate, safe use. Attend this conference and find out:

  • How easily can someone become dependent on opioids?
  • Why do some people get addicted and others do not?
  • Why are we seeing a surge in overdose - particularly in older adults?
  • Are opioids effective for long-term use in chronic pain?
  • Managing opioid overdose and withdrawal
  • What about benzodiazepines, sedatives and hypnotics, and over the counter medicines
  • Drug diversion in the workplace and much, much more…

Reviews of Lectures

"Very good to see the other side of this awful problem."

"This is a fantastic lecture, thank you for sharing your story. It has changed my perspective."